from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A piece of rubber affixed to a handle and bearing raised characters used to make ink impressions, as of names or dates.
  • noun A person or body that gives perfunctory approval or endorsement of a policy without assessing its merit.
  • noun A perfunctory approval or endorsement.

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  • adjective figuratively Of a person, organisation, or process, making decisions or approving matters routinely or without real power, as rubber stamp politics, a rubber stamp committee.
  • noun A piece of rubber or similar material with a design or text carved or molded for the purpose of transferring ink or dye to imprint that design on another object.
  • noun figuratively A person or organisation who approves, routinely or as a formality, matters decided by some other person or organisation.
  • verb colloquial to process, approve or decide matters routinely rather than through careful consideration

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a stamp (usually made of rubber) for imprinting a mark or design by hand
  • noun routine authorization of an action without questions


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